Ray E. Davis, U.S. Official Involved with the Murder of Two Americans under Pinochet, Dies at 88

September 27, 2013
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American journalist Charles Horman with his wife Joyce. Credit: www.hormantruth.org

American journalist Charles Horman with his wife Joyce. Credit: www.hormantruth.org

In 2011, a Chilean judge requested the extradition of Former American Navy Captain Ray E. Davis in connection with the  murders of Americans Charles Horman and Frank Teruggi after Pinochet’s 1973 coup.  However, it appears that Davis had been living in a Santiago nursing home for the last year, before dying of a “multisystemic failure” on April 30, 2013.

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Charles Horman’s widow Joyce asked:

“How is it that no one notified the Chilean court system or the U.S. Embassy that Ray Davis was in Chile, when it now looks like he had been in Chile for a year or so?” she said. “Everyone questioned has been very tight-lipped. This is not normal.”

If true, Mr. Davis’s death could interrupt the line of investigation into the responsibility of the United States Embassy in surveilling American citizens and its relationship with the Chilean military during a period of severe political repression. He remains the sole United States official to be charged in these murders.

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